From today to June 2, brace for heavy rainfall

Panjim: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Goa observatory has ruled out the possibility of a cyclone along the West Coast of India for the time being, as a result of formation of low pressure area over the southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea around May 31.

IMD has predicted heavy rainfall warning for the State till June 2, while fishermen have been advised not to venture into the south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea from Sunday till further advisories.

IMD Goa scientist Rahul Mohan said the depression is not a cyclone as of now. “No system directly emerges as cyclone. It goes through stages of circulation in different levels of atmosphere – low pressure area – well marked low pressure area – depression – deep depression and then cyclone,” he explained.

Mohan said that as of now the system is in the first stage. “We will continue to monitor the situation and issue advisories,” he said.

IMD said that the State will witness heavy rainfall from Sunday till June 2 and also that there are chances of winds reaching a speed of over 45-55kmph over the sea near coastal areas. “These are the only two expected effects of this system for now,” he said.

IMD has announced that the onset of southwest monsoon over Goa is likely to be on June 5. The monsoon is likely to reach Kerala by June 1. [H]